Monday, April 13, 2009

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

I have had zero motivation to blog. I mean life has been happening around me and it has kept us hopping over here. I normally LOVE to take these opportunities to write, but somehow I couldn't find it within myself. We had a rough winter healthwise, on top of the fact that we had an incredible loss with Zach passing away, and there have been some changes going on with our little church here (we are losing Bro. Lee and Sis. Cherrie already), and therefore there hasn't been a lot to cheer about, but I think I am finding my way again. I am hoping that by posting this it will rejuvenate my blogging spirit. Let's hope so......

We will start this presentation off with my two March 25th babies. I took them to Red Robin for a birthday dinner and a round of birthday sundaes. Den was sick with an awful flu and therefore couldn't attend, but, honestly, it was a sweet time with my two twin birthday boys. River turned 19 and Abram turned 8. I still can't get over those numbers!



Then on the 27th Boaz turned 1. He had his very own birthday cake to devour and destroy. In fact, we let any of the little kids who wanted to take a chunk of it with their hands help him out. I mean we had to show him how it was done, right? You can see Roman in the background quietly enjoying his very own slice of Abram's cake.

Here is Bro. Rusty lighting Boaz's candle. Actually, here are ALL my March babies in the same photo.....with my November baby in there to boot!

We had invited everyone at church to come to Boaz's 1st birthday and Abram's 8th. It was a heartfelt and wonderful turnout. After all, the brethren here are my family!




Okay on a different note. We remodeled the mud room in our house. I was so sick of the hodge podge of cabinets and make shift shelving that this room had. We gutted them and put in an Ikea shelf unit that stores everything neatly and beautifully. Levi painted the walls a soft blue and green and we threw a pretty little rug down to tie it all in. Now this room feels like a happy addition, rather than the dreaded space it was.

Before! The cabinet was rendered useless and just accumulated piles of stuff sitting on top of piles of stuff. It was an eye sore to me.

After: This picture shows off the handy cubed unit that allows for every item to have a home. We painted the pantry that was in that room to match, and added some cute whimsical things on the wall. I mean it's not the dreamiest space ever, after all it's a mudroom/laundry room and it is itty bitty at best, however it makes me smile now.

On a baby note:
( Boaz is a bit dirty and missed matched in this photo, but it was a great play day outside, to which brought out some quick changes of clothing as puddles and mud were explored.)
Oh yeah....Boaz has learned to walk now that he is 12 months. He is toddling all over the place. A bit wobbly, but ridiculously cute. He and Popeye are besties, and I am amazed at Popeye's patience concerning Boaz's antics. Lucky for Popeye Boaz doesn't have a great sense of aim, balance or swiftness yet.....and I emphasize YET!


Now on a dirty note......hehehe
Our flock of chickens have all grown up. We allow them to free range which makes the sight and sound of chickens around the property a very normal experience.The greater challenge is hunting for their eggs daily. I think we are finally getting down their main laying areas now. Roman and Abram love hunting/collecting them!We have three beautiful large pigs and two piglets on the ranch currently. Levi has joined the FFA program here and will be entering one of piglets in the fair this year. It was a tradition that we missed in Washington and are excited about bringing back in to our lives. We have two pastures. One on our property and one we are renting from another farmer. This gives us 5 cows to care for, but 4 of them belong to us, ( One is Rusty and Mary's). We are running a meat csa and it is really taking off. It is becoming more of a workload now, but River is taking the ranch by the reins for the most part. What a blessing he has been!



And we couldn't have pictures of our property without showing some evidence of having teen boys. You can see jeep tracks running across the pasture.....this didn't make Dad smile....nope.


And on a brighter note. Here is a beautiful picture of spring here. The sunny weather was 73 degrees that day, and it was full of promise. Spring is full of hope....hope for all things that are good. Bring in the Spring, Lord.

15 comments:

Fifi said...

Hi TRina !!!
I was so pleased to see a post .... I've missed your news terribly. Boy, you have had a tough time lately..... sorry to hear that.

But it looks like you and the family have been very busy. Your place is looking 'fruitful'.
Love Fifi x

Sharanya said...

I really missed reading your posts, Trina. Glad to have you back. And a very belated happy birthday to Abram, River and little Boaz!

Jules said...

I enjoyed looking at your pictures. Like you, I've not been much in a blogging mood. I've went through some trials in the last 6 months that have messed me up (personality wise). I'm trying to get back on track though. Gosh, for such a little church, you guys have quite a few kiddos ;) But that is good! We don't have a lot of kids here. It is SO hard to believe that Boaz is already one, and what a cutie he is! And your land is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. I enjoy seeing pictures of Oregon, because who knows when I'll get to see it in person :( Anyway, I hope to keep seeing blogs from you, and I'll try to keep it up also :)

JoAnn said...

I am so happy to hear from you again Trina. I have missed seeing your family & world lately. The farm is looking good. I never pictured you for a country girl...but my how times have changed. Tell Den I know of a certain other teenaged boy years ago who would have jumped at the chance to go mudding through the pasture. Of course his dad would not have been happy either! The baby is adorable. I can't wait to see you guys again. Maybe in June.

Sylvia said...

Love the pictures. It sure looks like a busy household. I wish we could have chickens. We live in town so I don't think that would go over very well with the neighbors. I hope everyones health is better this spring and summer. It is good to hear from you again.

meNmykids said...

Welcome back friend! We have all missed you. The kids look great and unbelievable grown up. The farm makes me ache for one of our own. So nice for children to have the countryside to keep them busy. Boys especially. I could just squeeze the cheeks on that darling Boaz. God is good to us, and I'm pretty sure that spring really is coming. Or so they say. And happy birthday to you too!(a tiny bit late)

Tish said...

It's so great to see you blogging again! I always enjoy your blogs. Your laundry room looks great! Your making me envious of your country living. Of course I really don't think I could handle all the extra responsibility in my life right now. Maybe someday when my children are older God will bless us with some beautiful space in the country!

I am also sad to see Lee and Cherrie go :(, but the rest of us will just have to pull together and pray for more to come and take their place!

Tish said...

I'm looking forward to our "sister" time for your Birthday today!

Jerelene said...

Hi Trina! I've missed your posts. Everybody needs a break once in a while!! Happy Birthday to your adorable kids! Loved the pictures..so glad to hear from you..Missed You!! Blessings, Jerelene

Sis Stubby said...

I am so glad to see you post again. I have missed you.I understand life is more than getting on the blogger world.I am not one to write very much.So I can't say much.But you do have a way with words & tell a story.

Lori&Kevin said...

Thanks for the update - I, for one, have really missed you! I am sorry you have had a rough time lately, but you have such a blessing in all your boys! :-) Your place is gorgeous and what I dream of having someday...I really want a pet pig! ha!

I've moved by the way...you can still find me through my old blog though. Hugs, Lori

Liberty said...

I LOVE the cube cabinet!

Beth said...

Love all the great pictures. Good to hear from you again. Now if we can just get Mary to post again. Like I should talk though...it has been about a month now since I have...lol.

Aunt Peety said...

thank you! for your comments i enjoy hearing from you :) your place looks like a lil boys dream home or for that matter any kids dream home :) and wow thats a lot of kids that live down there. i love your shelving too cool :) when life gets busy who want to be on the computer :) take care looks like you have a lot on your hands :)

Sis. Sabriena said...

I'm so glad to see you posting again. You guys really have a beautiful place (jeep tracks and all!). I would love to go visit some spring or summer day and romp through the pastures with y'all! LOL. But I loved running freely around when we lived in the country. Did your cow have it's calf?